6 March 2013

Namibia: Poor Service Delivery Must Be Addressed - PM

Windhoek — Service delivery in Namibia, not only in government but also in the private sector, is very poor. This was part of the message Prime Minister Hage Geingob conveyed during talks with the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) yesterday at his office. "Even when you enter a shop people act like they are doing you a favour when they serve you," lamented Geingob.

The main aim of the NCCI visit was to inform the prime minister that an official review of the economy, incorporating all sectors, that was undertaken in conjunction with the Namibian Manufacturers Association, will be handed to the prime minister this coming Monday, March 11. The document will also make recommendations to government on specific agendas and policies that need to be worked on to encourage local and foreign investment in the country.

The NCCI review covers issues such as skills requirements, implementation of government policies, cross-border trade and developments in the mining industry.

"It is imperative for the private sector to engage in dialogue with government. After all, it is also the private sector that should provide jobs to Namibians, and not only the government," Geingob told the visiting NCCI delegation that included Vekuii Rukoro, president of the Namibian Employers Federation.

"The private sector is ready to create jobs and make investments. All businesses need to do this is an environment conducive for business and profitable investment," said Tarah Shaanika, chief executive officer of the NCCI.

Geingob said that trade unions should also engage government and must not be reluctant to be part of the dialogue to address issues of concern.

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